|We’ve now dazzled you with colorful dinosaurs for two days, but Gregory Paul’s skeletal illustrations are no less stunning. Scroll down to view Coelophysis bauri in four different ways. The top is gracile, the middle is robust, and the bottom is a half-grown juvenile. This level of detail is possible because there are hundreds of fossils available making this dinosaur’s skeletal structure almost completely known.|
This image is taken from The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs by Gregory S. Paul. It may not be reproduced elsewhere without permission.
|3 m (10 ft) TL, 25 kg (50 lb)|
|FOSSIL REMAINS||Hundreds of skulls and skeletons, many complete, juvenile to adult, completely known.|
|ANATOMICAL CHARACTERISTICS||Very lightly built and gracile, overall very long bodied. Head long and shallow,
bite not powerful, crests absent, teeth numerous and small. Neck long and slender.
|AGE||Late Triassic, Late Norian or Rhaetian.|
|DISTRIBUTION AND FORMATION||New Mexico; probably upper Chinle.|
|HABITS||Predominantly small game hunter but may have occasionally attacked larger prosauropods and herbivorous thecodonts.|
|NOTES||The classic early avepod theropod. In accord with a decision of the committee that handles taxonomic issues, the specimen that the taxon is based on was shifted from inadequate fossils in the Chinle to a complete specimen from the famous Ghost Ranch Quarry. How hundreds of skeletons came to be concentrated in the quarry remains unsettled.|